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Virtual Easter Choir

A couple weeks back, I had an idea to do something like I had seen a few times up to that point. Apparently most churches also had the same plan. We had our worship team members record their parts to a song remotely from their homes, and then I put it all together. It was quite challenging, actually, but I thought it turned out pretty good. In fact, I’m making plans now for the next one.

The song we recorded is one of my favorites from Andrew Peterson, “Is He Worthy?” I hope it inspires you, dear reader!

The Band’s Back Together!

During high school and some of college, I played in a band with my best friends. We played in 12 different states to audiences as big as 7000 and as small as 7, and everything in between. It’s been 20 years now, but at Christmastime, we were all in town to visit family, so we decided to play a private show for our families – a small reunion show. It went really well, so we thought, maybe we should start collaborating again on new music.

In 2020, collaboration on music is a great possibility through technology. In times of “social distancing” it becomes even a greater opportunity. So we are working on some new tunes. But as many others have done during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to put out the live performances from this reunion concert.

This first offering is a fun song called, “Palm.” It’s got a “That Thing You Do” sort of vibe to it. In a moment where there’s a lot of uncertainty, and news is bad, we hope it’s something that can bring a smile to your face. Check it out… and follow “Brother John” band on Facebook and Instagram!

 

 

Music Video – Cover Song

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I recently went to Mexico to visit our team and their studio. On the last full day of my visit, we decided to do a little project. So I thought of a Spanish worship song that I wanted to cover, and we went for it. It was a lot of fun to record and film the video. My friend, David, did an amazing job on the electric guitar and synth sounds and the video editing. All I had to do was play and sing! Enjoy…

Andrew Peterson’s “Is He Worthy?”

I normally post videos I’ve made on this blog, but here’s on that I had nothing to do with. It’s really good on all counts. I’ve been a fan of Andrew Peterson for many years. His writing is a true gift. This video was shot in one continuous take! The logistics for it are astounding. Getting people into place when the camera is facing away. The reveals. It’s just so beautiful all around. With Easter coming up soon, enjoy this masterpiece!

Playing Guitar and Keys at the Same Time

February 23, 2018 Leave a comment

I’ve enjoyed an app called Dreamfoot on iPad to use with a Looptimus midi controller. It allows me to map out chords on a song in different sections and then play keyboard sounds easily while playing guitar and even singing. Here’s an example of how it works…

Worship 1/2 (revised)

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Years ago I made a though-provoking video to get Christians (myself included) to think more about the words we sing, and ask if it lines up with the lives we live. The resulting video was a fake infomercial for a worship CD full of satirical lyrics. Some may say it’s borderline sacrilegious, but I would disagree and say it’s purposeful to start a conversation. Recently I remade it, since the old one wasn’t even HD. Below is the result of the remake, as well as the older version. It’s also kind of fun to point out that my wife helped me with the first one (it’s not easy or even possible to film yourself!) and my son helped with the new one. Here’s to no more half-heartead devotion!

 

The older version:

A Ukulele Christmas

December 1, 2016 Leave a comment

A couple of years ago, I did a silly little home recording of Christmas songs, all on the ukulele. It was a fun project, so I put it up on noisetrade for free:

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Give it a listen this Christmas season, and if you feel inclined to tip $2, maybe I’ll change the strings on the old use sometime soon!

 

 

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60+ performers, 12 nations, 8 languages, 1 song

March 11, 2016 4 comments

There are lots of projects that get me excited, but this one was a once in a lifetime opportunity. This music video is one of my proudest creative achievements to date.

You could say that it was 20 years in the making. I wrote this song from the shortest chapter in the Bible when I was in high school. My band used to play it occasionally in youth group, but we didn’t do too much with it. Years later I ended up recording it myself in a home studio project, but I didn’t really like how it came out. Now fast forward to a couple of years ago.

I work as the video editor for the U.S. office of GNPI (www.gnpi.org). We have video-savvy people in strategic places all over the world. My fun little song says, “Praise the Lord all you nations…” It seemed like the perfect time to use the song to the fullest potential, using the vast network of international producers now at my disposal! I pitched the idea to our creative team and then to the executive team. It was a big project. Some called it EPIC! After nearly a year of planning, six months of work from 12 nations and eight languages around the world, this music video is now being released!

We hope it brings smiles to many faces and a small glimpse of Revelation 7:9, “…a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.”

If you like the video, would you help us by sharing it with your friends? We’ve also created a behind the scenes video with details about those who participated in the project. If you’d like to see more of that backstory, check this out short video:

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

My sister is getting married today. I’m excited for her! God IS faithful.

I’ll be playing this song at the wedding while her friend sings it. It’s a great hymn! A classic.

Here’s a little video I shot over a lunch break to show her friend the arrangement. I think sometime in the future I might want to do another home studio recording of an album or EP of pure hymns.

A Pro’s Pro

photo (20)Meet Felipe. I first met Felipe at an Asado Chileno (Chilean BBQ). He is a vital part of the NOMaD team that I went down to train for video. I really enjoyed my time spent with him and am glad he’d pick me up in the mornings and save me a 20 minute walk!

I was introduced to his music that first night. He is a professional musician. He plays guitar for a band called “Carnada” which has a following and gets radio play in Chile. His brother is the singer of the band.

I was impressed that while these guys have this musical outlet and are pros in the biz, they also play at their church. Felipe guitar and his brother plays the drums. The music was great as he is a pro’s pro! His editing skills also are very good.

In fact, they did their own music videos. Check it out!

 

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